The Skeptic Zone

The Skeptic Zone

The Podcast from Australia for Science and Reason. Join Richard Saunders and the crew for interviews and reports from around the world.... Show More

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July 4, 2020 58 min
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Richard Saunders 0:04:07 Interview with James Underdown from the CFIIG

Can you demonstrate paranormal ability? Are you interested in earning $250,000 dollars? The Center for Inquiry Investigations Group (CFIIG) at the Center for Inquiry-Los Angeles offers a $250,000 prize to anyone who can show, under scientific testing conditions, significant evidence of any paranormal, supernatural, or occult power.

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June 27, 2020 61 min
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Richard Saunders 0:04:25 Trish & Chips - With Trish Hann

Trish tells us about her love of the movie Jurassic Park, but more importantly the importance of having positive and strong role models especially for girls and young women looking for inspiration to lead them into the world of science. 0:12:00 Logical Fallacies. With Michelle Bijkersma

This week Michelle looks at "Personal Incredulity".

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June 20, 2020 58 min
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Richard Saunders 0:04:30 Maynard's Spooky Action

This week Maynard in conversation with the one and only George Hrab from the Geologic Podcast.

A wind ranging interview with the bonus of George singing the theme from the James Bond movie, Moonraker!

http://www.geologicpodcast.com 0:24:14 Logical Fallacies. With Michelle Bijkersma

This week Michelle looks at "non sequitur".

The term “non sequi...
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June 13, 2020 58 min
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Richard Saunders 0:04:37 Prof. Paul Willis on the hunt for Dinosaurs

Palaeo Pictures is a new deal in documentary making. Their documentaries are made by the palaeontologists doing the research. They can take the audience into the field, get them in the dirt of the excavations and following all aspects of the research that brings ancient worlds back to life. And, along the way, they provide funding support fo...
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Richard Saunders 0:04:50 Zapping Quack Machines

Loretta Marron, aka The Jellybean Lady, tells us about her long campaign to expose medical zapping machines. These devices claim to scan your body with magical energy and zap parasites and viruses.

https://www.scienceinmedicine.org.au 0:18:43 Psychic Sting Update

Susan Gerbic returns with an update to the story we posted last week. Now the New Zealand media a...
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Richard Saunders 0:02:52 COVID-19. Homeopathy in India

We are joined by Abhijit Chanda from the Be Rationable Podcast for his opinion on the use of Homeopathy to fight COVID-19 in India.

https://www.berationable.com 0:17:24 I Think We Need To Think. With Susan Gerbic

Susan gives us the scoop on yet another sting operation. This time an alleged psychic in New Zealand is in her sites. What bizarre and tangle...
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Richard Saunders 0:03:34 The THINK TANK

After a gap of almost 2 years, the Think Tank is back, only this time Instead of meeting at the club at the end of the street, we meet virtually online.

We discuss quack medical devices, secret messages in money and why more people are going to psychics in these troubled times.

With Michelle Franklin in the Northern Territory - Heidi Robertson in Northern NSW - Eran S...
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Richard Saunders 0:04:00 Investigating the Paranormal... and Boobs?

Former Australian Skeptics committee member and one of the founders of the 'Mystery Investigators' show for schools, Alynda Brown tells us of her investigations of "Psychics" and strange medical claims of the early 2000s, including undergoing hypnosis to increase her bust size!   Testing Mr. Sen. (page 40)

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Richard Saunders 0:03:14 Conspiracy updates with Ben Radford

Ben is a writer, investigator, and skeptic. He has authored, co-authored or contributed to over twenty books and written over a thousand articles and columns on a wide variety of topics including urban legends, unexplained mysteries, the paranormal, critical thinking, mass hysteria, and media literacy.

https://squaringthestrange.libsyn.com/

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Richard Saunders 0:05:39 What Doctors Don't Tell You

In the last week of April 2020, the conspiracy theorist magazine "What Doctors Don't Tell You"was yanked from the sheveles of two Australian Supermarkets after action by Prof. Darren Saunders and radio host Ben Fordham.

https://www.2gb.com/exclusive-supermarkets-selling-dangerous-conspiracy-magazines

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April 25, 2020 64 min
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Richard Saunders & Pontus Böckman

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0:11:54 Down the Rabbit Hole with Mick West

As COVID-19 makes its way around the world, more and more people are turning to the perceived comfort found in conspiracy theories. Mick tells of some of the old conspiracies doing the rounds and some of the newer ones with the roll out of the 5G network.

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April 18, 2020 66 min
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Richard Saunders & Celestia Ward

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https://squaringthestrange.libsyn.com 0:09:24

Homeopaths Caught Out.... Again!

Michael Marshall from the Good Thinking Society

Marsh talks about the philosophy behind his podcast, 'Be Reasonable' that invites believers to have their say. Also the investigations of the Good Thinking Society into the claims being made by UK Homeopa...

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April 11, 2020 69 min
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Richard Saunders & Stefan Sojka 0:05:05 A Grain of Salt. With Eran Segev

Skeptics legal defence fund seeks volunteers

An international skeptics legal defence fund is in the process of being set up, following the successful defence of Britt Hermes, and it is calling for experienced and qualified volunteers with legal, marketing and fund-raising expertise to help out.

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April 4, 2020 65 min
0:00:00 Introduction
Richard Saunders 0:03:51

Be Rationable - An interview with Abhijit Chanda from India

Are you curious? Are you always questioning things that you see around you? Are you looking for answers, but most of them just aren't convincing enough?

The Be Rationable podcast wants to know what works and what doesn't, and who's right and who's not. There's a problem though. A lot of what we find in t...

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March 28, 2020 58 min
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Richard Saunders 0:05:14 Maynard's Spooky Action

Will comet ATLAS take our minds off COVID-19? We hope so and so does astronomer Kirsten Banks. Find out about this cosmic visitor, native astronomy and much more from one of Australia's up and coming leaders in science.

https://cneos.jpl.nasa.gov/ca/

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https://astrokirsten.com.au/podcast 0:19:05 Life is Wild. Wi...
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March 21, 2020 58 min
0:00:00 Message from repoter Michelle Bijkersma

Logical Fallacies and COVID-19 0:02:12 Introduction

Richard Saunders 0:06:37 Brian Dunning - Skeptoid Podcast Back Catalogue For Free

We chat to Brian about his efforts to keep us informed and entertained during this time of crisis. Also we learn of some COVID-19 conspiracy theories.

http://www.skeptoid.com 0:19:17 Homeopaths in the UK - Unproven COVID-19 Tests in Australia

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March 14, 2020 59 min
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Richard Saunders 0:04:19 New Age pseudoscience is no match for COVID-19

In a break with a decades-long tradition, members of Australian Skeptics will not be attending this weekend's Mind Body Spirit exhibition in Sydney's Darling Harbour due to the dangers of the spread of COVID-19 and the ignorant attitudes of some exhibitors.

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March 7, 2020 59 min
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Richard Saunders 0:04:56 Surf Coast Summer Skepticamp VIII

We head to the beautiful 'Surf Coast', a couple of hours south-west of Melbourne, to attend the local Skepticamp. It was also a chance for us to test the 'Premium Wine Card', a device that the makers claim can change the taste of wine and water.

http://premiumwinecard.com

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February 29, 2020 45 min
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Richard Saunders live from Surf Coast Summer Skepticamp VIII 0:01:36 Trish & Chips

Trish Hann with timely advice on the use and value of face masks to help prevent the spread of disease. How effective are they? Should you use one and if so how should you use it? 0:12:50 Logical Fallacies. With Michelle Bijkersma

This week Michelle looks at the "Appeal to Antiquity".

A Logical Fallacy is an erro...
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February 22, 2020 53 min
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Richard Saunders 0:03:37 10 Things to look out for with Medicine Advertisements

Multi-level marketing company fined $37,800 for alleged advertising breaches. The Juice Plus Company Australia Pty Ltd has paid the penalties after the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) issued three infringement notices for alleged advertising breaches relating to vitamin products.

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